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Easter Gifts so care home residents know they’re ‘not forgotten’

Updated: Apr 14


Our Anna Chaplaincy coordinator in Cheltenham and Bishop’s Cleeve, Gill Ford, reports a hive of activity this Holy Week with gifts destined for 30 local care homes!


‘Our wonderful volunteer knitters have been busy in Cheltenham and Bishop’s Cleeve again this Easter.


‘Here are the boxes of around 1,200 knitted Easter chicks ready for delivery to local care homes. The chicks are soft to hold and are accompanied by little chocolate eggs and an Easter card. Each chick is unique, just as the person who will receive it is unique, special and loved by God. We hope they bring a smile to the faces of their recipients this Easter.’

Many volunteers from churches throughout Cheltenham and Bishop’s Cleeve have been involved in knitting these charming Easter chicks to give to care home residents.

As with the big knitted crosses project the team there undertook last year, Gill reports that they have been blessed with contributions from many people and, as a result, have been able to offer these gifts to 30 local care homes.


 

Meanwhile, colouring resources especially for this Holy Week and Easter are available at The Five Parishes | The United Parish of Broxted with Chickney, Tilty, Great Easton and Little Easton Just click on the words THE BIBLE IN PICTURES.


Every week Revd Janet Parker in her Essex parishes posts a fresh set of pages relevant to the church calendar and this week, of course, she focuses on the events leading up to Jesus’ death on the cross, and his triumphant rising to new life on Easter Sunday.

So many Anna Chaplains and others are now using these resources to send into care homes and for the benefit of others who would like to receive them in their own homes. Each set of pictures has a Bible story, a series of short reflections and prompts for prayer and further thought.


If you haven't used them before, why not give them a go with a small group of people and see how they get on with them? We have found they are much appreciated by activities coordinators in residential homes looking out for good quality resources to enhance their residents' spiritual lives.


‘At the moment we live in extremely anxious times and many are fearful,’ says Janet. ‘How much we need prayer and to have Jesus in our lives and to see what plans God has for the lives of each any every one of us.’

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